Day 4: The Bad, the Worse, the Nearly Ugly, and the Good (540 Miles from Horse Lake to Charlie Lake, British Columbia 18-Aug-13)a

The bad: It rained for 8 hours straight. At one point, as thunder cracked immediately overhead, I had to stop as I could not see anything with the combination of heavy rain and fog in my helmet.

The worse: The gauge that tells you how many miles are remaining on the tank of gas decided to misbehave. All of a sudden, I was losing 1 mile off the range every 20 seconds (no I was not going 180mph). There was no fuel leak but the next gas station was 60 miles ahead and the prior 25 back. I turned around and sweated bullets until a few miles before the station, the gauge decided to straighten up and fly right. End result was 50 miles wasted, in the rain, both ways, uphill.

The nearly ugly: As I pulled into said station and got off the bike, I saw that the connector cord for the heated jacket had disconnected from both ends and, through some miracle, was hanging from part of the bike, instead of laying on the side of the road to become moose floss. This was unbelievable luck, and I promptly zip tied the cord to the inside of the jacket and will excuse any moose I meet for potential bad breath.

The good: 540 miles covered today and the last 2hrs on beautiful Hwy 29 were perfectly sunny. Plus, I now know where to get my taxidermy done.

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One thought on “Day 4: The Bad, the Worse, the Nearly Ugly, and the Good (540 Miles from Horse Lake to Charlie Lake, British Columbia 18-Aug-13)a

  1. Bill & Gretchen Arnemann

    Dear Roger, Challenges galore! What a day with rain, finiky gas gauge and slipping heating wire.
    Glad it ended well. Is your beard keeping you warm? If you want to give it a HNL zip code we can forward your fan mail! New York is awesome: native born and bred buddy Marie is our fabulous guide. Walked entire Hi Line today, highlights of MOMA, Neue Museum (google its gorgeous) & Mama Mia on Broadway. Off to Iceland & Greenland Wed.for 19 days. Hope we can receive and send text messages there. Stay safe, take good care and have a grand time.
    Aloha, Mom & Dad

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